There’s no doubt Chicago is one of the most photogenic cities in the U.S.—from the breathtaking view of Skydeck Chicago at the Willis Tower to the sandy beach lake front. But did you know many of our favorite foodies spots are also Insta-Worthy? That’s why we’ve rounded up mouthwatering pics from 10 of the cities most Instagrammed restaurants. Whether you’re looking for life-changing chicken or a pretty plate of food to shoot, consider this list inspiration for where to find your next great meal.
The goal of XO Marshmallow is to bring the nostalgia of sipping cocoa with s’mallows, or roasting s’mores by the campfire, into the 21st century with a modern twist! They use premium ingredients to develop innovative flavors–from classic Vanilla Bean to Champagne.
This rum and cabaret club is one of the most Instagrammed spots EVER in Chicago thanks to this gorgeous flamingo wall but you should also go inside for food and drinks.
Mahalo is a multi-faceted Modern Hawaiian Kitchen located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. It’s modern design and Hawaiian surf shack feel will take you away to an island paradise. The cuisine is a Polynesian-Asian fusion served with a modern flair and tropical cocktails that are perfect for a stay-cation.
The lifestyle concept – owned, operated and designed by restaurateur Brad Parker – is a restaurant hot-spot that evokes East Coast living in every aspect. The Hampton Social offers a private dining room as well as semi-private spaces.
The Restaurant at Shore Club offers an elevated food menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and beautiful beaches around the world. The temperature controlled room offers floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan. Every Sunday from 9am-2pm guests can enjoy a “country club” style brunch with various food stations and Shore Club favorites. Brunch includes an omelet station, crepe station, seafood station, a variety of salads, sandwiches, assorted pastries and more!
The jewel in the crown of The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, is Cindy’s rooftop restaurant. It boasts an open-air terrace with panoramic views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and beyond. Created out of thin air, the aery atmosphere gives contrast to the Association’s history as a men’s club, yet carries an unmistakable look of having always been here. Executive Chef Christian Ragano joins forces with renowned Spirit Guide Nandini Khaund, to bring classic comfort and culinary invention via large format style dining over cocktails and apothecaries.
The World’s First Cupcake ATM dispenses freshly baked cupcakes and cookies 24/7 for you and Fido!
Nando’s is arguably the most flavorful chicken spot in town, but no one can deny they have a knack for cultural fusion as they showcase their Afro-Portuguese heritage in the food and on the walls. They have bottled the fire and flavour of PERi-PERi in a range of sauces, marinades, salad dressings, rubs and snacks. And because they haven’t added any artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or MSG to the PERi-PERi sauces, you can splash, drizzle and spread to your heart’s content.
The 3 Arts Club Café offers a curated menu inspired by Northern California and Mediterranean cuisine featuring seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes. Guests may choose to dine in the Grand Courtyard, a light-filled, all-season oasis featuring a restored historic fountain and Heritage olive trees, or anywhere else in the gallery.
The Allis is a relaxed and welcoming social space for meetings, a quick bite, an after-work drink or late night cocktails. They serve an all day menu, including eggs, sandwiches, light bites and wood-oven entrees. A fabulous afternoon tea is also offered, as well as coffee, wine, and craft cocktails. This lounge and bar has an expansive art collection and views of Green Street from floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you’re visiting Chicago, don’t pass up the chance to dine at these spots. Not only are they undeniably photogenic but offer some of the most tasty dishes around. Did I miss any of your favorite Chicago Insta-grammable eateries? Let me know in the comments below.
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